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Reiko07
Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 1:08:44 PM

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(1) The three couples are having a picnic on the river bank.

(2) The three couples are having picnics on the river bank.

Which is correct?
thar
Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 1:54:53 PM

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If you don't want it to be ambiguous, you have to make it clear.


Are they all together, having one picnic?


Are they all separate, each having their own picnic, [giving a total of three picnics.]


Or are three couples having picnics (presumably separately, because you don't have more than one at time}
Reiko07
Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 2:17:46 PM

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thar wrote:
If you don't want it to be ambiguous, you have to make it clear.


Are they all together, having one picnic?


Are they all separate, each having their own picnic, [giving a total of three picnics.]


Or are three couples having picnics (presumably separately, because you don't have more than one at time}


Thank you very much, thar.

A total of three picnics. [One picnic for one couple.]
foolofgrace
Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 3:22:13 PM

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You could say "The three couples are each having a picnic..." This would indicate three picnics.
Reiko07
Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 3:43:09 PM

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foolofgrace wrote:
You could say "The three couples are each having a picnic..." This would indicate three picnics.

Thank you very much, foolofgrace.
Reiko07
Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 6:02:17 AM

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Reiko07 wrote:
(1) The three couples are having a picnic on the river bank.

(2) The three couples are having picnics on the river bank.


Are the following sentences natural?

(3) More than one hundred people are having a picnic on the river bank.

(4) More than one hundred people are having pinics on the river bank.
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